Sam Smelt looking to “hit the ground running” at Rockingham


Sam Smelt BTCC
Credit: Marc Waller

AmD with Cobra Exhausts driver Sam Smelt is aiming for some Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship points this weekend at Rockingham after coming oh-so close in the third race at Snetterton.

Nearing the end of the Diamond Double race three in Norfolk, Sam was running in the final championship points scoring position of fifteenth until the more experienced drivers decided they wanted to get past. This dropped the twenty-one year old down to eighteenth at the flag.

As disappointing as it was to not gain two confidence boosting points, Sam is still raring to go this weekend at Rockingham in order to build upon such strong running last time out,

“After a strong end to the weekend at Snetterton, I’m really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel at Rockingham. Hopefully we can start where we left off and hit the ground running in practice and then build from there.

“Rockingham is a circuit that I know fairly well so I shouldn’t take too long to get used to the track in the Audi, and the big focus has to be on improving my performance in qualifying on Saturday.

“My race pace has been good in recent meetings but poor qualifying results have made it a struggle, and I know that if we can sort out qualifying and be starting from further up the grid, then the results will follow.”

Sam scored his best finish during a part campaign in the 2017 British F4 Championship at Rockingham so Sam has enjoyed strong results at the circuit in the past. He will no doubt be hoping this can be translated to the BTCC.